'Pics and sticks' raises $50K

The first Pics and Sticks charity event raised a total of $50,000 for B.C. charities.

The NHL alumni hockey game, golf tournament and country music concert hosted by the Gord Bamford Foundation May 15-16 in Penticton and Osoyoos benefitted Spirit of the Game, Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon, Basics for Babies, BC Children's Hospital Foundation and the area’s minor hockey associations.

The charity hockey game at the South Okanagan Events Centre saw NHL alumni Glenn Anderson, Chris Joseph, Marty McSorley, Ron Low, Kirk McLean, Darcy Rota, Geoff Courtnall, Greg Adams and Scott Niedermayer team up with country stars Gord Bamford, Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee and Aaron Pritchett.

Minor hockey teams from West Kelowna to Osoyoos raised funds for the event and the Summerland Bantam Jets team had the chance to hit the ice with the stars. A portion of proceeds from the game also went to create two scholarships for local youth in pursuit of post secondary education. The bursaries were in honour of Jaxon Joseph and Logan Hunter, two of the 16 players and staff of the Humbolt Broncos that were tragically taken in April of 2018. The scholarships are intended to provide support and encouragement to young adults who have lived or are living in the Okanagan region. 

The second day featured an 18-hole golf tournament and concert by award-winning country music artists Gord Bamford, Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee and Aaron Pritchett at the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre and the Sonora Dunes Golf Course and Spirit Ridge Resort on Osoyoos Indian Band Land.

The Gord Bamford Foundation also made a donation to the Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre.

It is hoped Pics and Sticks will grow into an annual event.

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